How should we evaluate the program?
There are 65 Power-5 teams and about 15 other teams any given year that could be decent. What we want to understand is not how we are doing relative to doing nothing. What we want to understand is how we are doing relative to THOSE teams.
Henceforth, just like in school – when we are grading ANY aspect to the program (from S&C to gameday to RB recruiting), what we must look at is where we are relative to those schools.
Going forward, all aspects of the program will (at least on this site and if you aren’t a moron anywhere else you talk about this) be graded on the following scale:
A: top 10% in CFB
B: top 20% in CFB
C: top 30% in CFB
D: top 40% in CFB
F: Bottom 60% in CFB
If we are below 32 on any metric: That’s an F.
Here’s an example of how to use this in conversation:
BDTW Person: “How would you grade this year?”
Uninformed fan with no standards: “Hey, I think this year wasn’t that bad!”
BDTW Person: “What letter grade>”
UFWNS: “Oh, I guess a B!”
BDTW Person: “WRONG! We finished below 33rd, that’s an F. Below 40th percentile relative to a very generous allowance of comparing ourself to 80 teams, when it could just as easily be 40.”
UFWNS: “Oh, hmmm! That’s brutal!”
BDTW Person: “CFB is a competition and we want to be in the top 20% range in everything, right?”
UFWNS: “I guess so, but it seems so harsh”
BDTW Person: “You know what’s harsh? Losing to Oregon being up two scores with 16 minutes left.”
ENJOY THE RUBRIC!